Earth Sciences Major B.A.

Earth Sciences Major B.A.

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What is a bachelor of arts in Earth Sciences?

This program is tailored to students who desire to obtain a broad education and a general background in the Earth sciences with a greater degree of freedom in choosing electives than in the bachelor of science programs. The Earth Sciences B.A. program nicely complements other majors or minors, and by careful choice of electives, students can prepare for graduate or professional school, business or industry.

Why study Earth sciences at UNH?

The location of UNH, on the Great Bay Estuary and close to the White Mountains, provides an ideal backdrop for hands-on learning opportunities for all Earth Sciences students. Students have multiple options to immerse themselves in research experiences in the field and in state-of-the-art laboratory settings, and funds are available by competitive application for support of such opportunities. Employment for geoscientists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than many occupations and reflecting increasing needs for energy, environmental protection and responsible land/water/resource management. Graduates may also use their geosciences degree to complement policy, business or legal careers.

Potential Careers

  • Energy sector specialist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geologist
  • Geospatial scientist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Physical scientist
  • Science journalist
  • Secondary school teacher

Contact

Department of Earth Sciences
56 College Road
214 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824

P: (603) 862-1718
E: earth.sciences@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The bachelor of arts in Earth sciences is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. This program provides students an opportunity to obtain a broad education and a general background in the Earth sciences with a greater degree of freedom in choosing electives than in the bachelor of science programs. Through careful choice of electives, students can prepare for business, industry, public service, the non-profit sector or graduate school.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ESCI 5/6__ (number > 512) 4
ESCI 530
Geological Field Methods
or Techniques in Environmental Sciences
4
Discovery Course 1 4
Foreign Language 2 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Foreign Language 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ESCI 5/6__ (number > 512) 4
PHYS 407
General Physics I (/PHYS 401)
or Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
4
Free Elective 3 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
PHYS 408
General Physics II (/PHYS 402)
or Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology
4
ESCI 6__ 4
Free Elective 3 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ESCI 7__ 4
Free Elective 3 4
Free Elective 3 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 7__ 4
Free Elective 3 4
Free Elective 3 4
Senior Captone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits129
Satisfy the Discovery Program Requirements 1
Satisfy the bachelor of arts degree requirements
Complete (with a C- or better in each course) a minimum of eight courses in the department, including the following:
ESCI 401Dynamic Earth4
or ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment
ESCI 402Earth History4
ESCI 512Principles of Mineralogy4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
Five advanced-level courses, two of which must be 700-level or above15-20
Math Requirements
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Capstone
Total Credits39-44

It is strongly advised that students complete, as early as possible, a year each of college chemistry and physics.

Explore Program Details

A key requirement of the Discovery Program is the completion of one senior capstone experience, to be supervised and approved within the major.

Senior Capstone Experience 

Resume and an ideal course schedule by semester for undergraduates interested in the BA in Earth Sciences option can be found here

Department flyer can be found here.

Forms

Departmental Petition for Program Variance - Petition for major requirement

Petition for Variance in Academic Policy - Petition for University and/or Discovery requirement

Transfer Credit Prior Approval Request - transfer credits from another institution

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